The Leader of the Official Opposition and Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, Andrew Scheer, issued the following statement on Hanukkah:
“Tonight marks the beginning of Chanukah, the eight-day Festival of Lights that celebrates the triumph of the Maccabees over the pagan oppressors of Israel over two millennia ago and the subsequent rededication of the Jewish Temple at Jerusalem.
After the retaking of the city, the Temple had to be rededicated for worship and its menorah relit, but there was only enough pure oil found for one night’s worth. Yet miraculously, the flame lasted for eight nights until more could be brought.
As the nights get longer and darker at this time each year, Jewish homes and communities light up in celebration of these miracles and others that have upheld the Jewish people and affirmed their faith over the centuries.
The triumph of light over darkness, of unity over division, and of fidelity over persecution, is a story that offers inspiration to us all.
In light of the terrible events at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, unity has been one of the central themes this year.
We are proud of the resilience, courage and unity of the Jewish communities around in the world in the aftermath of that vile and antisemitic crime.
Canada is blessed to be home to a vibrant and engaged Jewish community that has enriched our society so much.
Tonight, as Jewish families across Canada and around the world light the menorah, let it serve as a reminder to all of us to cherish our freedoms, especially our freedom to practice our faith in peace and safety.
As Leader of the Official Opposition and of Canada’s Conservatives, I want to offer my best wishes over the coming days to all those celebrating. May this holiday season bring everyone peace, joy and goodwill.”